There are days when it feels so nice to plug in the headphones and listen to a couple of love ballads, thinking of your one and only.
We got used to “classic” love songs: sweet, beautiful tracks with quiet music and soft, warm vocals. And although that’s not how rap songs are usually delivered, there are quite a lot of tracks that manage to pull our heartstrings. In fact, there are so many of them that it’s easy to overlook some real gems. Here are ten great rap love songs you might’ve missed out on.
10) The Pharcyde, “Passin’ Me By”
Back in the day, when gangsta rap was beginning to dominate the West Coast, these guys didn’t feel the need to turn into posers and weren’t scared to appear ridiculous by recording a song about love. “Passin’ Me By” is the main track from their debut album Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde.
9) A Tribe Called Quest, “Bonita Applebum”
According to some rumors, this song is based on real events. The story follows a girl from New York City Murray Bergtraum High School. When you listen to the track, it seems that Q-Tip has only sex on his mind, but you won’t find vulgarity here. The band behaves like real gentlemen, charming Bonita with their play on words.
8) Slick Rick, “Teenage Love”
This love track featuring the original story introduced one of the best storytellers in rap to the world. It was the first single from the debut album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. The story of teenage love ends with lies, and plans for the future fail to come true. But, nevertheless, the author tells the listener not to despair at moments like this and keep believing that they’ll find their true love one day.
7) Lost Boyz, “Renee”
This is a love story that ends with the death of a girl named Renee. The tragic song also highlights the hardships of life in the ghetto and the problems that come from such an environment, clearly showing how one can touch upon social issues. The track came out on the debut release called Legal Drug Money which mainly consisted of songs about drugs, so this one stood out from the rest.
6) Notorious B.I.G., “Me and My Bitch”
In the golden age of hip-hop, the great Notorious B.I.G. let us take a peek inside his heart when he recorded this amazing track for his debut album Ready to Die. Biggie tells us about the pluses and downfalls of having a girl who will never let him down or leave him. You can also try and find one at this single women dating site.
5) Lil Boosie feat. Trina, “Miss Kissin On You”
Lil Boosie teamed up with Trina to deliver an awesome love track to us. In the song, Boosie tells about how he misses the girl and confesses that she’s the only thing he can think of. Sounds pretty romantic. If you haven’t listened to it, make up for this mistake ASAP.
4) Gucci Mane feat. Monica, “We Ride”
The two spit verses, telling us about monogamy. This is actually a perfect topic for a rap love song – the story about a rapper quitting his lifestyle for one girl carries a powerful romantic message.
3) Tyga, “Supawifey”
Who would’ve thought that T-Rawww’s romance with Kylie Jenner would result in something good? Sure, few actually cared about this union (and now that it’s gone, no one does at all), but we can’t deny that some tracks influenced by it are awesome, and “Supawifey” is one of them.
2) Ty Dolla $ign feat. The Weeknd & Wiz Khalifa, “Or Nah”
Maybe it takes some effort to find romance in a track about sex, but on the other hand, sex is pure passion, and passion is what makes any romance work in the first place.
1) YG, “Down Bitch”
One thing is certain about YG – he curses a lot. But sometimes, making a love song rough is the only way to show how you feel.